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RATINGS: 1805   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Born of a flood and centuries-old Belgian text, 1554 Black Lager uses a lager yeast strain and dark chocolaty malts to redefine what dark beer can be. In 1997, a Fort Collins flood destroyed the original recipe our researcher, Phil Benstein, found in the library. So Phil and brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, traveled to Belgium to retrieve this unique style lost to the ages. Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hounddog77 (3) - - DEC 7, 2014 does not count
Excellent beer, great taste, surprisingly smooth. I liked it so much at the bar, I went to the store and bought some to take home.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sevenlee (1505) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2014
Pours dark with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, chocolate, roasty and lightly sweet. Taste is light to medium sweet leading to a dry roasty finish. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Namespayne (59) - - DEC 3, 2014
12oz bottle --> snifter. Dark brown. Not too heady. Smells like roasted malts and raisins. Tastes chocolate-y and malty with the smoothness of a fine whiskey. None of the typical lager skunkiness. Drinks dry, smooth and clean like a good stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CopterScott (170) - Kansas, USA - NOV 29, 2014
dark brown, almost black, with a thin off-white head. aroma is bread, coffee, and toast. flavor is toasty bread, with some cocoa and coffee.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
liquidhedonism (268) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2014
12 oz bottle. Aroma: roasty and malty, with hints of toffee, dates, vanilla, and leather. Taste/Palate: starts sweet and crisp, and finishes creamy and slightly dry and astringent. One of my favorites from that brewery!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
julesjis (233) - Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Poured from a 12. Color is dark, looks very inviting! Flavor has a nice maltiness to it. Yet fairly smooth with just a slight astringent feel on the tip of my tongue. Finish is slightly sweet and velvety. Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnymusky (428) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Solid showing...very tasty beer...:-)...........:-X......................

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
akoeninger (518) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2014
From can around room temperature. Pours dark Amber brown. Thick tan head. Inviting chocolatey and toasted aroma. Hint of smoke in aroma and flavor. Rich malty, chocolate and smoke flavor. Smooth and creamy but not too heavy. Even at what is probably a bit warmer than it should be it still held up really well (went from open shelf in store to glass at home). ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiarasummer (11) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
Pleasant, mellow malty profile, toffeeish, lightly roasty and sweet, with hints of molasses and bread, but with a very drinkable consistency. Needs to be a little warmer than most people realize for maximum flavor, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hman43 (462) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2014
It pours with a tan head and dark amber in color. It has a smoky, chocolate aroma. There are also some basement aromas present as well. It has well defined smoke, chocolate flavors. It is mostly smooth on the palate.

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